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  1. You probably already know all about why you should drink more water..but despite this many of us still don't drink enough of it.

    Perhaps it's time to put down the fizzy pop and get yourself a glass of refreshing water made for you by those fluffy white clouds.

    Here are just three of my favorite reasons that mean I always have a bottle of water to hand..

    1)    It's a natural way to avoid and stop headaches. Have you ever been out in the sunshine and started to get a throbbing head pain? Try drinking some more water and see the difference that it makes. Often these are caused by dehydration so keep drinking the water and feel them just go away.

    2)    It increases your energy levels and stops you getting tired so easily. Our brains are mostly made of water so keep topping up those levels just like you top up the petrol in your car to keep it running. It helps you concentrate and focus much more easily.

    3)    Watch your skin improve! Drinking water helps your skin immensely. It's the cheapest beauty treatment around. It helps keep your skin moist and looking at its best.

    So...what are you waiting for....why not go and have a cool refreshing glass now, I know I will!

  2. News from France about how their fire service are trying a new technique to help victims remain calm..hypnosis

    story from: Arnaud Bouvier / AFP / Expatica

    At the Haguenau fire station, 120 firemen have been trained in basic medical hypnosis which they can use to soothe someone trapped under rubble or in a car following an accident, or even a person suffering an asthma attack

    "Look me straight in the eye. Your mind is emptying, your body is relaxing," says the fireman, using the calming words of hypnosis to help a trauma victim -- a technique being pioneered by fire crews in the eastern French region of Alsace. 

    The idea is that hypnotherapy can complement traditional first aid assistance.

    "These are verbal, gesticular and respiratory techniques that aim to ease pain and anxiety, but that obviously don't replace traditional first aid," explains Cecile Colas-Nguyen, a nurse and member of the fire brigade, and a trainer in hypnosis.

    While firefighters arriving on the scene of an accident get to work tending to the injured or cutting a victim free, staff trained in hypnosis establish a more personal link with the person and divert his attention away from the trauma of the scene.

    Typically the firefighters speak in a calm and measured voice and are careful to avoid any negative words. Instead of focusing on the person's pain, the emphasis is on his wellbeing.

    "While my colleagues take care of your safety, your mind will take off to the ski slopes and your body is going to stay here," a young firemen at a training exercise tells a pretend victim who has confided a love of winter sports.

    -- 'When we hold someone's hand, things go better' --

    Haguenau station manager David Ernenwein says he is "convinced" that the method is useful.

    "We have all noticed that when we hold someone's hand, things go better, even if we did not label it as 'hypnosis'. The first thing that we can do to help people is to calm them down, and this technique has given us the tools to be able to do that, to help people suffer less," he says.

    For the moment this use of hypnosis is unique to Alsace but Yves Durrmann, the brigade's chief doctor, says he believes firemen all over France should use it.

    But first, the usefulness of the technique has to be proved.

    For at least the next six months, the Haguenau brigade are keeping a record of the heart rate, pain levels or emotions of victims they help. These results will be compared with stats of victims treated by firemen who have not used hypnosis with them.

    "Our first evaluation seems to show benefits: in 100 percent of cases people said that they felt time was distorted, in other words that the time the firemen took to tend to them seemed shorter than it actually was," says Colas-Nguyen.

    Officials at the interior ministry are cautiously optimistic about the Alsace experiment.

    "We have known for a while that hypnosis works, it is not a placebo," says Stephane Donnadieu, a medically trained fireman and advisor to France's rescue operations directorate.

    "But you need properly trained people: That is the challenge, as crews only receive short training."

    It is not really pure hypnosis that is used, he says, but "more like certain hypnotic techniques". But "if that can bring greater calm, empathy and support that is already not bad", he says.

    The real test will be seeing if firefighters can successfully use their new skills in particularly noisy and traumatic circumstances, he adds.

    No problem, says Colas-Nguyen. "We can help victims to disconnect from what is happening around them. And even the beep beep of medical equipment can focus a person's attention so we can help transport them to another place," she says.